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Introduction. THE FRAMEWORK. Bureaucrats, Bribery, and Bankruptcy. Auditing Asia. Asia's Corrupted Business Media. FAMILIES, FIRMS, AND FORTUNES. Merchants of Menace? Conglomerates Asian-style. Asia's Conglomerates and their Banks. Lambs to the Slaughter: Investing in Asia's Stock Markets. Polygamy and Family Squabbles. Asia's E-Boom and E-Bust. ASIA'S TWO GIANTS. What's Wrong with Japan? China: Rising Star or Black Hole? THE MINORITY THAT COUNTS. Asia's Overseas Chinese. KINGS, CRONIES, AND PRESIDENTS. Royal Business. President of the Country; Chairman of the Board. Other Politicians; Other Businesses. ASIAN ECLIPSE? Asian Eclipse and Beyond. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index.